Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty at the University of Delaware

Dominic Di Toro

Edward C. Davis Professor; Director for the Center for the Study of Pollutants in the Environment
356A DuPont Hall
Newark, Delaware 19716
Phone: 302-831-4092
Research Website


1967 | Ph.D | Princeton University
1965 | Master | Princeton University
1963 | Bachelor | Manhattan College


Research Interests:
Water quality modeling; water quality and sediment quality criteria models for organic chemicals, metals, mixtures; organic chemical and metal sorption models; statistical models


  • Coastal and Ocean
  • Environmental and Water Resources
  • Risk Assessment


Di Toro, D. M. Lapadula, J. E., and J. P. Watkins. Equalization – nuetralization basin desgn. J. Environ. Engr. ASCE 107(1) (1981): 251-262.
Di Toro, D. M. Probability model of stream quality due to runoff. J. Environ. Engr. ASCE 110(3) (1984): 607-628.
Shi Z. Q., Di Toro D. M., Allen H. E., and Sparks D. L. (2008) A WHAM-based kinetics model for Zn adsorption and desorption to soils. Environ. Sci. Technol. 42(15), 5630-5636.
Ponizovsky A. A., Thakali S., Allen H. E., Di Toro D. M., Ackerman A. J., and Metzler D. M. (2008) Nickel partitioning in acid soils at low moisture content. Geoderma 145(1-2), 69-76.
McGrath J. A., Di Toro D. M. (2009) Validation of the target lipid model for toxicity assessment of residual petroleum constituents: Monocyclic and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Environ. Toxicol. Chem., 28(6), 1130-1148.
Kipka, U., Di Toro D. M. (2009) Technical basis for polar and nonpolar narcotic chemicals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon criteria. III. A polyparameter model for target lipid partitioning. Environ. Toxicol. Chem., 27(7), 11429-1438.
Moore TS, Nuzzio DB, Di Toro DM, Luther GW. (2009) Oxygen dynamics in a well mixed estuary, the lower Delaware Bay, USA. Mar. Chem. 117(1-4):SI 11-20.
Fennel K, Brady D, DiToro D, Fulweiler RW, Gardner WS, Giblin A, McCarthy MJ, Rao A, Seitzinger S, Thouvenot-Korppoo M, Tobias C. (2009) Modeling denitrification in aquatic sediments. Biogeochem. 93(1-2):159-178.
Atalay YB, Carbonaro RF, Di Toro DM. (2009) Distribution of proton dissociation constants for model humic and fulvic acid molecules. Environ. Sci. Technol., 43(10):3626-3631.
Phillips K. L., Di Toro D. M., Sandler S.I., (2011) Prediction of Soil Sorption Coefficients using Model Molecular Structures for Organic Matter and the Quantum Mechanical COSMO-SAC Model. Environ. Sci. Technol., 45(3), 1021-1027.
Di Toro, D.M. Sediment Flux Modeling. J. Wiley and Sons., New York: (2001), 624p.

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